Cowart cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday.
Cowart remains more interesting for his status as a two-way project than for anything he's actually done on the field, as he's hit just .177/.241/.293 in 162 career games. He'll continue to work as a two-way player in the minors but has a ways to go before he's a weapon on either side of the ball.
Cowart went 1-for-2 with a grand slam Monday against the White Sox.
Cowart collected his first hit of the spring and it turned out to be a big one. He sent a ball over the fence in right field during the fourth inning to give the Angels a 6-2 lead. Although the two-way player is reportedly focusing on pitching during camp, he put on a display of power at the dish Monday.
Cowart was first listed as a two-way player by the Mariners, who claimed him off waivers form the Angels in December. He's since passed through the Tigers and back to the Angels, who will keep the same plan. The fact that he's focusing on pitching this spring could indicate that he'll be primarily a pitcher in 2019, though it's more likely that he simply needs more work pitching than hitting due to his inexperience on the mound.
Cowart had spent the entirety of his professional career with the Angels but spent time with Seattle and Detroit over the offseason. He's been working to prepare for a two-way role and was focusing mainly on pitching with the Tigers, though it remains to be seen how the Angels will deploy him. JC Ramirez (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday that he plans on using Cowart primarily as a pitcher during spring training, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. "We want him to get more involved in the pitching part of it right now," Gardenhire said. "We know what he can do defensively."
When Detroit claimed Cowart off waivers in late January, it was expected that he would report to camp in preparation for a two-way role. That still looked to be the plan when Cowart took part in all infield drills Monday, but Gardenhire instead decided he wanted to get a longer look at the 26-year-old on the mound. Given that Cowart primarily played the infield along with some spot duty in the corner outfield since turning pro in 2010, it makes sense for the Tigers to use the spring to see if deploying him as a two-way player is even a feasible plan. Coming out of high school, Cowart sported a fastball that sat around 92-to-95 miles per hour, so he'll at least have a good foundation with which to start from.
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|2012||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||66||263||42||77||16||3||9||54||22||44||9||4||.348||.479||.293|
|2012||AFA-Inland Empire 66ers||69||263||48||68||15||4||7||49||45||67||5||3||.366||.426||.259|
|2015||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||62||220||35||71||13||3||6||45||29||64||2||1||.395||.491||.323|
|2015||AFA-Inland Empire 66ers||51||194||32||47||14||4||2||23||22||43||10||2||.326||.387||.242|
|2017||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||90||367||65||114||25||1||12||57||44||73||19||5||.382||.482||.311|